Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, had high praise Thursday for the emergency management agency officials working on tornado relief efforts in Oklahoma this week.
Coburn gave his highest praise to Albert Ashwood, director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.
“They’re just on top of the game,” Coburn said of Ashwood, who is also from Muskogee, and his agency.
Coburn, who toured the devastation in Moore on Tuesday, also praised Gov. Mary Fallin and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.
“FEMA has done a great job,” Coburn said, adding that storm victims will be getting payments quickly to help with housing and other basic needs.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, released the following statement Tuesday about Oklahoma tornadoes:
“Oklahomans have always inspired the nation with their courage, compassion and resilience in the face of unspeakable tragedy and loss. That has already been the case in the few hours since these terrible tornadoes destroyed major parts of our communities, and will be the case as neighbors care for those who have lost everything, including children and family members.
“I spoke with Department of Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano last night about FEMA’s response.…
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In an appearance on MSNBC”s Morning Joe on Thursday, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, talked about his proposal to allow people to carry guns on land controlled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers _ the amendment failed in the Senate on Wednesday _ and about the House hearings on Benghazi.
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Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, split Thursday morning on a vote to start debating on gun legislation.
Coburn was one of 16 Republican senators who voted to allow the Senate to debate the bill, while Inhofe voted with the majority of Republicans to block debate.
The motion to allow debate on the bill was approved 68 to 31, with all but two Democrats supporting it.
The Senate is expected to spend two weeks on the legislation, which would expand background checks for gun purchases and crack down on gun trafficking.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, said Wednesday that a compromise on background checks for gun purchases wouldn’t work. Coburn was part of the negotiations on expanded background checks but dropped out a few weeks ago. On Wednesday, Sens. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia Democrat, and Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced that they had reached agreement on a background check proposal. Here is Coburn’s statement:
Dr. Coburn’s Statement on Manchin-Toomey Proposal
“The Manchin-Toomey proposal is a good faith but unworkable plan. The proposal will impose new taxes and unreasonable burdens on law-abiding citizens.…
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn Schedules Town Hall Meetings for Week of April 1; Stops Include Norman and Oklahoma City
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, has scheduled a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma for the week of April 1.
“I encourage Oklahomans to attend and participate in these town halls,” Coburn said. “With pressing issues pertinent to Oklahoman being decided in Washington D.C. every day, these settings give me an important opportunity to hear directly from the people I am representing. I look forward to hearing the concerns of Oklahomans and informing them of my legislative efforts in the Senate.”
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.…
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Sens. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, and Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, voted against confirming John Brennan as head of the CIA on Thursday. Coburn said he was incorrectly listed by the Senate clerk as voting for Brennan.…
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Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, is among the Republican senators invited to have dinner with President Barack Obama at a Washington hotel, Coburn’s press secretary said.
The president has been reaching out to GOP senators this week to talk about a major deficit reduction deal. Coburn was among those called by the president.
According to The Washington Post, these are the GOP senators expected to attend the dinner:
John McCain (Ariz.), Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.), Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Ronald H. Johnson (Wis.), Patrick J.…
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Six Oklahoma doctors, including two retired Air Force colonels, sent a letter to Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, asking him to support universal background checks for gun purchases. Coburn has recently been involved in bipartisan talks with other senators on the issue.
The letter is here:
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Michael Schwartz, longtime chief of staff for Sen. Tom Coburn, died Sunday. He was 63. Schwartz had Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Schwartz was Coburn’s chief of staff since Coburn was elected to the Senate in 2004. He also served as chief of staff for much of Coburn’s six years in the U.S. House.
Schwartz’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Germantown, Maryland.
Coburn, R-Muskogee, made the following statement on Monday:
“I’m sad to announce the passing of Michael Schwartz, who served as my chief of staff and was a member of my staff for almost 15 years.…
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